Are you a fan of supernatural thrillers (with a dose of humor, that is) like Meg Cabot's "Mediator" series? How about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"? If your answer is yes to either question (and really even if it isn't), you should check out Rosemary Clement-Moore's new book.
Her main character, Maggie Quinn, is one of those relatable characters that is a bit of an outcast, smart but not overwhelmingly in love with school, and has a razor sharp wit (think Veronica Mars) that we all wish we possessed. However, she also has another facet of her personality. She hates to admit it, but she senses something wrong about the fire and brimstone scent that seems to everywhere. She doesn't want to have a special "gift" - but she does. And when her classmates start to have, ahem, "accidents", she suspects more than mortal foul play is at works.
Every character (from her slightly off kilter friend Lisa to the hottie college student who is willing to believe her) manages to be both believable and extraordinarily entertaining in their depiction. The supernatural showdowns lend a creepy air that gives actual suspense (not just laughs) to the book - and the dose of subtle, but highly involving, romance gives the book a fiery charisma. Pun intended. I actually was truly surprised by the revelations and conclusion. Which is awesome when, as a bibliophile, you start to think you can guess pretty easily. Not here.
I honestly hated putting the book down, and I am SO happy it is but just the first book in a series called, aptly, "Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil".
I'm sure I won't be the only one lining up to buy the sequel, "Hell Week" in the fall. Will you be there?